Interviewed By – Sameeksha Manerkar
PhD, Author of the books “Learning to trust yourself” and “Learning to let go and grow”
𝟏. 𝐂𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐮𝐬 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
I am Lisa Flannigan, a clinical psychologist, wife, mother of three and grandmother to two. I like to knit, read and take walks in nature. I am also someone who has struggled with self-acceptance, anxiety and depression.
𝟐. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬/𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦?
It was very therapeutic for me. I truly enjoyed the process.
𝟑. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤?
I learned to trust and enjoy my creative process.
𝟒. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧? 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐛𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐥?
Depression is a serious illness and occurs on a continuum of severity. It can be very devastating and unfortunately if left untreated can in some lead to suicide.
𝟓. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐫𝐢𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧?
Depression can be treated with therapy, and medicine. It can also be helpful to include adjuncts to traditional treatment; such as meditation, journaling, life style changes, a support system, healthy foods and exercise.
𝟔. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐢𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤?
My intention in sharing this book was to hopefully; encourage, inspire and to provide comfort and support to people facing life challenges.
𝟕. 𝐖𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤?
“When living your life feels daunting and more effort than ease, take a few moments to sink into your sacred center. Close your eyes, breathe fully and slowly, and let go of the outer world briefly. Let the stillness whisper a message of hope and encouragement. Listen to your heart. It is more real than the outer world. This is the core of who you are: perfect, calm, capable, and unlimited.”
𝟖. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐭?
I think my strength is also at times my weakness which is my sensitivity to people’s emotions.
𝟗. 𝐀𝐧𝐲 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞?
I cannot give specific examples but can share that in general being present with someone as they release their painful experiences and begin to feel hopeful about their future.
𝟏𝟎. 𝐋𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐥𝐲, 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐮𝐬 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐧𝐨𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐬!
As a child I wanted to be a Veterinarian.